Title: Pushing The Limits (goodreads)
Author: Katie McGarry
Published: July 31st 2012 by Harlequin Teen
Source: ARC courtesy of the publisher for an honest review
"'I won't tell anyone, Echo. I promise.' Noah tucked a curl behind my ear. It had been so long since someone touched me like he did. Why did it have to be Noah Hutchins? His dark brown eyes shifted to my covered arms. "You didn't do that-did you? It was done to you?" No one ever asked that question. They stared. They whispered. They laughed. But they never asked.
So wrong for each other...and yet so right.
No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again."
First line: "Echo- My father is a control freak, I hate my stepmother, my brother is dead and my mom has...well...issues."
Thoughts: I have been thinking about this review for weeks and wondering when the words will finally come to me. How can my mere words do this book justice? I mean, should I tell everyone about how addicting it is? How the chemistry between Echo and Noah gave me goosebumps? Or talk about how the sexual tension drove me insane? Sure, why not?
One of my favorite things, especially in contemporary novels, is when the author decides to alternate points of views. It's such a refreshing feeling to know what's going on with both characters, particularly if it's between lovebirds. While Noah's story was touching, sweet, and heartfelt, Echo's was intense, painful, and heartbreaking. It's incredible how the author slowly pieces the story together. From the sexual tension to the mystery of Echo's accident, little puzzle pieces are perfectly placed throughout the novel until you finally get that final picture you're so desperate for. Not once did the story feel slow or lack in placing. Something interesting, funny, or hot was always happening, and I loved it!
Oh, and did I mention the romance? Nothing could keep these two apart. Not friends, friendnemies, family, or past relationships. I was drawn to Noah from the start. Every girl deserves a Noah (well, probably not the one-night stand Noah, but the Echo's savior Noah). They didn't have instalove, but they did have an instant connection. This is something I crave for, wish for in novels. There's nothing better nor sweeter than that perfect connection with an imperfect person.
Ready for some quotes?
“I love you enough to never make you choose.”
“Luke used to give me butterflies. Noah spawned mutant pterodactyls.”
Girl, me too.
“We’d read about sirens in English this fall; Greek mythology bullsh*t about women so beautiful, their voices so enchanting, that men did anything for them. Turned out that mythology crap was real because every time I saw her, I lost my mind.”
Oh, geez. I think my heart just melted.
Overall, would I recommend PUSHING THE LIMITS? Abso-freakin'-lutely! If you're looking for a mesmerizing, sizzling summer read, this is the book for you. The entire novel completely captivated me from the beginning to very end. To say I devoured it is an understatement.
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